2002 Commencement Schedule of Events

Friday | Saturday | Sunday

See also Commencement Information and Conversations with Honored Guests


Friday, May 24

1 to 11 p.m.
Check-in for seniors and families, Converse Lobby.

Saturday, May 25

10 a.m.
Baccalaureate Service, Johnson Chapel. Speaker: The Rev. Dr. Frederick J. Streets, Chaplain of Yale University.
10 a.m.
Phi Beta Kappa Meeting, Stirn Auditorium. Speaker: Lawrence R. Douglas, Associate Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought.
11 a.m.
Commencement Rehearsal, Main Quadrangle. It is important that all seniors be present.
12:15 to 1:30 p.m.
Luncheon for seniors, families, and faculty. Fayerweather Quadrangle. (In case of rain, Valentine Hall.)
2 p.m.
Senior Class Exercises, Main Quadrangle. Announcement of Honorary Class Members. Speakers: Peter Jennings, Anchorman and Senior Editor of ABC World News Tonight; Rajiv A. D’Cruz ’02, Jamuna Kelley ’02, and Kate Levin ’02. Phebe and Zephaniah Swift Moore Teaching Awards to Stephen Farrell, Helen Foucault ’85, Richard Gusick, and Lori Morin. (In case of rain, LeFrak Gymnasium.)
3:30 p.m.
Conversations with Honored Guests, at locations around campus. Several 2002 Honorary Degree Recipients will speak to seniors and their guests. (A schedule of speakers and topics is available at Commencement Headquarters, Converse Lobby.)
4 to 5 p.m.
President's Reception, Garden of the President's House. For seniors and their families, and members of the faculty and administration.
5 p.m.
Sigma Xi Meeting, Stirn Auditorium.
9:15 p.m.
Choral Society Concert, Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Center. Amherst College Concert Choir, Women’s Chorus, and Men’s Glee Club, directed by Mallorie Chernin, Greg Brown ’98, and Mollie Stone ’01, and The Madrigal Singers, directed by Whitney Cox ’03 and Alison Kaufmann ’03. Tickets $6, $3 for senior citizens, children 12 and under, and Amherst students with ID; tickets available in Converse Lobby during check-in and at Buckley Recital Hall the evening of the performance.

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Sunday, May 26

10 a.m.
The 181st Commencement, Main Quadrangle. Addresses by Tom Gerety, President of the College, and Jacob Schulz ’02. Marshal: Professor Rose R. Olver. Honorary Marshal: Winthrop H. Smith, Jr. ’71.
Note: If severe weather requires Commencement to be indoors, the event will be held in LeFrak Gymnasium. To learn the location, call 542-7669 or go to www.amherst.edu after 8 a.m. Sunday. Seating in the Gym is limited to ticket holders, and each senior will be given three tickets for family or other guests; there will be a video simulcast of the event in the Coolidge Cage, next to the Gym, for people without tickets. When Commencement is outdoors, seating is unlimited.
Luncheon
A buffet luncheon will be served in Fayerweather Quadrangle after the Commencement Exercises. (In case of rain, Valentine Hall.) The charge for persons without tickets will be $7.50 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. Tickets will be available at the luncheon.

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